Last week we were lucky enough to visit Cappadocia in the snow. Something I have wanted to do for ages and it was just as magical as I dreamt it would be.
We were there for 6 days, 5 nights and during that time stayed at 4 different hotels. All of which I will blog about but first up, lets revisit Taşkonaklar hotel in the Uchisar area of Cappadocia…. When we arrived it was snowing heavily and we were warmly welcomed by Jo, the friendly manager (and fellow Brit!) She checked us in and showed us around our new home for the next 2 days. Carefully restored using local materials, it was the perfect mix of charm, luxury and comfort…
Our room (101) was the Royal King Suite one of the nicest i’ve stayed in. It was warm, cozy, spacious and beautifully furnished with an open fire and the most comfortable bed.
It felt more like an apartment than a hotel room to be honest… with a hallway, lounge area with a sofa and a flat screen tv (which we actually didn’t turn on once!) a bedroom area and a bathroom with the biggest shower I think i’ve ever seen.
One of the best things about our room was the balcony. It was so big that it was split into 3 sections; upper, middle and lower.
In the lower section you had stunning views over Pigeon Valley and in the middle section you basically had the pièce de résistance of the room – the jacuzzi. The insta-famous jacuzzi that I have seen in so many photos and I finally got to jump in it myself!
Although we didn’t try the hotel’s dinner menu, we did eat breakfast there both mornings and it was delicious and totally set us up for the cold day ahead. Tea, coffee, cheeses, olives, pastries, cake, jams and all different kinds of eggs (my favourite being sucuk yumurta which is eggs with a type of sausage)
Everyday the chef makes something different, on our first morning it was börek pastry and on our second it was pancakes with strawberries.
Taskonaklar has a great location at the top of Uchisar hill which provides wonderful views over Pigeon Valley and is within walking distance to the castle (which is well worth a visit for amazing panoramic views over the whole area) markets and restaurants.
On our first day it didn’t stop snowing for a second and we enjoyed some lovely walks in the snow around the hillside village which is full of gorgeous rock houses and fairy chimneys which we had fun exploring.
Evenings were spent by the log fire alternating between cups of tea and the odd glass of wine (and of course chilly dips in the jacuzzi whilst it snowed)
On our second morning we were very happy to wake up to beautiful blue skies so wasted no time in grabbing the camera and running to our balcony….everything looked so different and even more beautiful when the sun was shining on the snowy landscape below.
Jumping in the hot tub at 10pm when it was -14 degrees outside and star gazing then walking barefoot in the snow back to the room, cozy evenings drinking our favourite red wine by the burning fire, midnight adventures around a very Winter Wonderland Uçhisar, savouring cups of hot tea by the open window when it was heavily snowing outside, waking up to a heavenly breakfast………these are just a few of my favourite memories from my snowy Cappadocia experience at Taşkonaklar.
Our stay was short and sweet and I hope I can return in Spring so I can experience a different season there.